Lyric Opera of Chicago: Mussorgsky's BORIS GODUNOV on May 26th

May 26, 2012

It’s one of the most searing lyric dramas of all time, featuring arguably the greatest bass role ever created. Listen to BORIS GODUNOV on Saturday, May 26th from 1 to 4 pm on WRTI. The magnificent Ferruccio Furlanetto is Boris, who’s haunted by the specter of the child he murdered to become Czar, surrounded by whispers and enemies, and threatened by a pretender to his throne. And not only that - his people are starving.

The score radiates all the grief and grandeur that was Czarist Russia, with thrilling music for the huge chorus. But this masterwork is extraordinary in its intimacy, too - revealing Boris as both the public and the private man, as it peels open the psyche of a tormented ruler who succumbs to his own guilty conscience.

Article about the opera from the Lyric Opera of Chicago's website


Modest Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov (in Russian)

Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis

Boris: Ferruccio Furlanetto

Shuisky: Stefan Margita
Pimen: Andrea Silvestrelli

Varlaam: Raymond Aceto

Grigori: Erik Nelson Werner

Tchelkalov: Ljubomir Puskari

Missail: David Cangelosi